Places in Murray River
The name Berri derives from the Aboriginal term berri berri, meaning 'big bend in the river', and it was once a busy refuelling stop for wood-burning paddle steamers. These days Berri is an affluent regional hub for both state government and agricultural casual-labour agencies; it's one of the best places to chase down casual harvest jobs.
Mannum to Waikerie
Clinging to a narrow strip of riverbank 84km east of Adelaide, improbably cute Mannum (population 2170) is the unofficial houseboat capital of the world! The Mary Ann, Australia's first riverboat, was knocked together here in 1853 and made the first paddle-steamer trip up the Murray.
Renmark is the first major river town across from the Victorian border, and is about 254km from Adelaide. It's not a pumping tourist destination by any means; it has a relaxed vibe and a grassy waterfront, where you can pick up a houseboat. This is the hub of the Riverland wine region: lurid signs on the roads into town scream 'Buy 6 Get 1 Free!' and 'Bulk port $5/litre!'.
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